Mpofu pledges support for BVR exercise

Mpofu pledges support for BVR exercise
Published: 12 December 2017 (216 Views)
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture has assured voters that it will tirelessly work to ensure that no one is turned away from the on-going Bio-metric Voter Registration (BVR) program due to lack of proper identifying documentation.

This was said by Minister Obert Mpofu as he addressed top ministry officials at a team building meeting held in Harare last week.

"Citizens should not fail to vote because they do not have the necessary identity documents. But rather, they should only do so on their own volition. So let us diligently play our part," said the Minister.
Minister Mpofu reaffirmed his ministry's commitment to supporting the land reform program by ensuring that all resettled farmer are documented so that they are not left out in national programs such as command agriculture and elections.

"As an internal affairs Ministry, we should reach out to the new settlements, issue communities with the necessary identification cards, birth and death certificates, among other essential documents," said Mpofu.

Speaking at the same event Minister Mpofu reiterated his vision of a corrupt free, professional and efficient police force that is bent on serving and protecting members of the public rather than one that is distrusted and loathed by those it pledges to serve.

To this effect the Minister promised fewer roadblocks, e-money when paying fines and a daily audit of fines and offences.
"The ZRP to drastically reduce all unnecessary roadblocks, all fines should be done electronically and traffic enforcement should talk to the reduction of road accidents and crime," said the Minister.
Minister Mpofu acknowledged his ministry's additional responsibility of the Culture portfolio as enshrined in President Mnangagwa’s new leaner cabinet.

He indicated that his top priority will be the preservation and promotion of local cultures as a way of protecting the legacy of the liberation struggle which was fought to promote them.  

"I therefore look upon the National Museums and Monuments and the National Archives including the Censorship Board to be true custodians of our culture.

"The Censorship Board should be equally active in these areas sensitizing communities on illicit material and promoting the preservation of our national values, our culture, and the very fabric of ubuntu/hunhu," said Minister Mpofu.

- Charles Motsi

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